How To Make Your Church Guest Friendly. Things to be Covered in this Seminar. Principles to help you create an inviting environment for first-time guests How to ''wow'' first-time guests into wanting to come back How to turn first-time guests into second-time guests
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Principles to help you create an inviting environment for first-time guests
How to ''wow'' first-time guests into wanting to come back
How to turn first-time guests into second-time guests
How to turn second-time guests into regular attenders and then fully-engaged members
How to drastically increase the number of guests who give you their contact information
How to get people to turn in a Connection Card
“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”
What are you doing every Sunday to make sure your Guestreturn?
“The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.”
A.ON THE OUTSIDE
Researchers say that church guests decide whether or not to return
to the church they are visiting
in the first tentotwelveminutesupon entering the church campus.
Holiday Inn interviewed 5,000 people to fill 500 positions that were needed to open a new facility. When the hotel managers interviewed these candidates, they excluded anybody who smiled fewer than four times during the course of their interview. This standard was applied to every available job and to every prospective employee.
How many of your church members would qualify for a job at Holiday Inn?
Parking Lot Greeters should escort all guests from the parking lot to the Welcome/Information Center.
This time is extremely valuable and should be used to discover the interests and needs of the guests which the church can meet.
B. ON THE INSIDE
At the Welcome/Information Center, all guests must be welcomed and receive information.
There, the guest must be introduced to the class greeters, teacher or usher by name.
The Nursery area must be
clean, bright, cheerful,
How we acknowledge our guests during a worship service can either make them feel welcomed or embarrassed.
Herb Miller gives the following statistics for following up:
85% of guests return if visited in 36 hours
60% of guests return if visited in 72 hours
15% of guests return if visited in 7 days.
If the pastor makes the first visit instead of a lay person the percentage is cut in half.
Immediate Follow-Up Idea: Doorstep Visit
Immediate Follow-Up Idea: Gift Bag at WC
As you incorporate these and your own ideas into the life and ministry of your church you will be well on your way to becoming a Guest Friendly Church.